Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
375 Via Almar,
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
District information
SuperintendentDr. Alex Cherniss
Students and staff
Other information
PresidentLinda Reid

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) is a school district headquartered in Palos Verdes Estates, California.


The district is headed by a superintendent - Dr. Steven Cherniss - and governed by a five-person, publicly elected school board.

The current board members are:

  • Linda Reid (term expires 2020)
  • Suzanne Seymour (term expires in 2020)
  • Matthew Brach (term expires in 2022)
  • Megan Crawford (term expires in 2022)
  • Richard Phillips (term expires in 2022)

The superintendent is:

  • Dr. Alex Cherniss - Superintendent of Schools

Attendance areas[edit]

  • The PVPUSD serves the cities of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates.
  • Parts of the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, known as Eastview, are served both by the PVPUSD, and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Two LAUSD-owned schools fall within the city of Rancho Palos Verdes: Dodson Middle School and Crestwood Elementary School.
  • In 1999, an optional attendance boundary was agreed upon by the two school districts in which residents in Eastview could opt to either send their children to PVPUSD schools or LAUSD schools. Middle school-aged students in the area may attend Miraleste Intermediate School and high school-aged students attend both Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates and Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates.


In 1985, there were 1,365 students born outside of the United States. 346 were from Japan, 214 were from Taiwan, 150 were from Korea, and others originated from several countries including Iran, Mexico, other countries in Latin America, and the Philippines. In 1988, the district had 1,559 students born outside of the United States. 434 were from Japan, 249 were from Taiwan, and 193 were from Korea.[1]


There are three high schools, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (formerly called Rolling Hills High School), Palos Verdes High School (the latter located just a half block from the Pacific Ocean) and Rancho Del Mar High School (located on Crest Road in Rolling Hills). In the 1970s the high schools were: Palos Verdes High School, Rolling Hills High School, and Miraleste High School.

Primary schools[edit]

  • Miraleste Early Learning Academy
  • Valmonte Early Learning Academy

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Cornerstone Elementary School
  • Dapplegray Elementary School
  • Lunada Bay Elementary School
  • Mira Catalina Elementary School
  • Montemalaga Elementary School
  • Point Vicente Elementary School
  • Rancho Vista Elementary School
  • Silver Spur Elementary School
  • Soleado Elementary School
  • Vista Grande Elementary School

Secondary schools[edit]

Intermediate schools[edit]

High schools[edit]


  1. ^ Goodman, Adrianne. "Japanese Investors Tap Residential Sales Boom : Peninsula Draws Buyers From Pacific Rim." Los Angeles Times. February 26, 1989. p. 2. Retrieved on March 6, 2014.

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